The Gurgaon police arrested four more persons accused of the Manappuram daylight heist from Kanpur on Monday. In a daring robbery, armed men had looted 33 kg gold worth Rs 10 crore from Manappuram Finance Ltd. on the busy New Railway road on Thursday.
The four men were identified as Arshad alias Baby Khan, Danish son of Rahim, Vasik Ahmed son of Iqbal Hussain and Mohammad Sahi alias Sonu -- all from Kanpur. Police said 2.5kg gold was recovered from the four men.
On Saturday, police had arrested three accused from the city and one from Ahmedabad, and recovered 30kg gold and some of the cash looted from the branch of the financer. Also, two pistols, four rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles, and a car were recovered from them.
While all accused arrested from Gurgaon were graduates, their accomplices from Kanpur were not well-educated. All four were planning to escape from Kanpur as they had got hints of the arrests in Gurgaon but before they could make a move, they were arrested by the Gurgaon police team.
“The four accused have been brought from Kanpur today and they will be questioned in detail about the entire sequence of events. The role of each person in the heist will be ascertained,” Sanjeev Balhara, assistant commissioner of police (crime), said.
All accused were brought to Gurgaon on Monday and have been taken on three-day police remand. All four men were known to another accused Vikas Gupta, who was arrested from Gurgaon earlier. Gupta is also from Kanpur.
On Saturday, police had brought Devender alias Deva from Ahmedabad. He is allegedly the kingpin of the gang. He is also being questioned about his role in the heist, police said.
According to police, the accused were in the process of splitting the booty and selling their share. The gold was recovered in 829 sealed packets, so it will be easy to identify the owners, police said.
Police cracked the case within 48 hours after getting leads from CCTV camera footage and accounts of onlookers. What helped police was that Deva of Jind had given his original Aadhaar card to the guard for entering details. The police questioned his cousin and obtained crucial details from him..